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17 09, 2015

Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

By | September 17th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Family, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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solitaire book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

It took me a few weeks, almost a month after finishing the novel to decide how I felt about Solitaire by Alice Oseman. I normally read young adult literature, but this book was different. Oseman wrote Solitaire when she was just 17 years old. Therefore, the novel had a very distinct writing style and voice–an immature writing style and voice in my opinion. After a month of trying to figure out if I actually thought Solitaire was a well-written novel, I can say this: Solitaire breaks some stereotypes when it comes to young adult fiction, but in the end, I feel the novel fell short of whatever goal Oseman was trying to reach.

Basically, the novel is about a high school student name Tori who hates her life, her school, and most people, but pretends she just doesn’t

13 09, 2015

Review: Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

By | September 13th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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between us and the moon book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Sarah lives in the shadows of her beautiful ballerina sister, Scarlett. In her family, Sarah’s nickname is “Bean” while her sister is seen as the adventurous and popular one. Her boyfriend Tucker ends his relationship with Sarah because she doesn’t have any other interests besides science. Apparently, Sarah is now too boring for his “changing” personality. Heartbroken, Sarah is left to wonder about her self worth and confidence. But after some time, she comes up with a plan–she decides to pass herself as someone older, someone like Scarlett. She calls it “The Scarlett Experiment”.

While spending the summer in Cape Cod, Sarah takes it upon herself to dress in Scarlett’s clothes. She also meets a college guy named Andrew. Sarah believes he sees her like Scarlett–fun, outgoing and ready to have fun–and soon a romance

24 08, 2015

Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

By | August 24th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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finding paris book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Joy Preble’s novel, Finding Paris, is a soul-searching, exploratory and intriguing story of two sisters, Paris and Leo Hollings. Paris and Leo are polar opposites. Paris is artistic, ethereal, beautiful and a bit impulsive, where Leo, (short for Leonora), is serious, bookish and dedicated to breaking free from her current life by going to college. The girls live in Las Vegas with their absentee, blackjack dealer mother and their gambling addict stepfather Tommy. Paris and Leo both seem to be fixated on escaping certain aspects of their home and themselves and as the story grows, these ideas of escape and the reasons for the emotions, will become very real for everyone.

Suffering from a breakup, Paris decides in the middle of the night that she needs pie to mend her broken heart and forces Leo to

23 07, 2015

Review: The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings

By | July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Dystopian, Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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the death code book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Sometimes you get your hands on a book and it sinks its claws into you and will not let you go until you devour ever word. The Death Code did that to me. No only were the chapters short, but they were so fast paced it was nothing to sit and read one hundred, two hundred pages in one sitting. And talk about ripping your heart out at the end (and then handing it back). Brilliant Lindsay Cummings. Brilliant.

The Death Code is book two in Lindsay Cummings Murder Complex series. It picks up pretty quick after book one ended (so be sure to read book one first. I read it late last year and character were still a little foggy . . . I caught up quick though). Meadow, Zephyr, and the rest of their

16 05, 2015

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

By | May 16th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Family, Friendships, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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geek girl book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Geek Girl is a read one can easily get lost in; the word “geek” in the title alone was enough to make me want to dive into the story. I liked how entertaining the book was. Harriet Manners is a geek and she calls herself one as well. I think that all bookworms usually do have some geek in them, so I can definitely relate to her character! I loved reading Harriet’s inner dialogue–she’s quirky and witty but can sound quite self-obsessed sometimes. I alternated between really liking her character and feeling irritated with it. Harriet is not vain but she has a bad case of self-pitying that can get pretty bothersome to read about.

Harriet is teased at her high school, however, she’s soon given a life changing opportunity to turn herself from geek to model. I did like that modeling came

23 04, 2015

Review: No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

By | April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Family, Homelessness & Poverty, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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no parking at the end times book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

If I had to sum No Parking at the End Times up with one word, that word would be BORING. I was very intrigued by the premise – books about cult religion and how it affects those within it are almost always worth a read – but this novel portrayed very little about the cult itself, and more about the family it affected. And I would have been fine reading about this family if there was anything interesting about them at all.

The voice of the story is Abigail, a teenage girl who along with her twin brother Aaron has been whisked away from her North Carolina home by her parents to worship in California at the feet of Brother John. Brother John has proclaimed that the world will be coming to an end,